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Lets face it, our favorite comic strip is often obscure or inconsistent, and key characters are sometimes left stranded for years. Long-suffering readers are within their rights to demand some clarification. Use the "Ask GBT" form to email us your questions, and we will frequently answer some of the best!

 

Recent FAQS

Q.

I've loved your strip for decades, but I can't remember who Sal is.

Steve Ehrmann | Characters | Silver Spring, MD | December 28, 2015
A.

During his pre-college years, Mike's younger brother Benjy turned to the Punk side and adopted the moniker "Sal Putrid."

Q.

I noticed that on 11-1-15 there was no 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashback page, and that in 1970 that date was a Sunday. I assume the two facts are related? When did the Sunday strip commence, and was it an eight-panel extravaganza from the get-go?

Jamie Kennedy | Creating the Strip | New South Wales, AUSTRALIA | November 04, 2015
A.

Well observed. Although the dailies launched on 10-26-70, the first Sunday Doonesbury did not show up until almost five months later. It was in fact a nine-panel extravaganza, as you'll see here.

(Note: The resolution on the early Sundays leaves something to be desired. Upgrading these is on our To Do list,, and we regret that squinting may be required until that task is accomplished. To those who have taken the time to write about this issue, thank you!)

Q.

I noticed that on 11-1-15 there was no 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashback page, and that in 1970 that date was a Sunday. I assume the two facts are related? When did the Sunday strip commence, and was it an eight-panel extravaganza from the get-go?

Jamie Kennedy | Creating the Strip | New South Wales, AUSTRALIA | November 04, 2015
A.

Well observed. Although the dailies launched on 10-26-70, the first Sunday Doonesbury did not show up until almost five months later. It was in fact a nine-panel extravaganza, as you'll see here.

 

(Note: When the early years of the strip were scanned, decades ago, the resolution on the Sundays left something to be desired. Upgrading these is on our To Do list, and we regret that squinting will be required until that upgrade is accomplished.)

Q.

I noticed that on 11-1-15 there was no 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashback page, and that in 1970 that date was a Sunday. I assume the two facts are related? When did the Sunday strip commence, and was it an eight-panel extravaganza from the get-go?

Jamie Kennedy | Creating the Strip | New South Wales, AUSTRALIA | November 04, 2015
A.

Well observed. Although the dailies launched on 10-26-70, the first Sunday Doonesbury did not show up until almost five months later. It was in fact a nine-panel extravaganza, as you'll see here.

 

(Note: The resolution on the early Sundays leaves something to be desired. Upgrading these is on our To Do list, and we regret that squinting may be required until that task is accomplished. To those who have taken the time to write about this issue, thank you!)

Q.

I noticed that on 11-1-15 there was no 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashback page, and that in 1970 that date was a Sunday. I assume the two facts are related? When did the Sunday strip commence, and was it an eight-panel extravaganza from the get-go?

Jamie Kennedy | Creating the Strip | New South Wales, AUSTRALIA | November 04, 2015
A.

Well observed. Although the dailies launched on 10-26-70, the first Sunday Doonesbury did not show up until almost five months later, on 3-21-71. It was in fact a nine-panel extravaganza, as you'll see here.

 

(Note: When the early years of the strip were scanned, decades ago, the resolution on the Sundays left something to be desired. Upgrading these is on our To Do list, and we regret that squinting will be required until that upgrade is accomplished.)

Q.

I noticed that on 11-1-15 there was no 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashback page, and that in 1970 that date was a Sunday. I assume the two facts are related? When did the Sunday strip commence, and was it an eight-panel extravaganza from the get-go?

Jamie Kennedy | Creating the Strip | New South Wales, AUSTRALIA | November 04, 2015
A.

Well observed. Although the dailies launched on 10-26-70, the first Sunday Doonesbury did not show up until almost five months later, on 3-21-71. It was in fact a nine-panel extravaganza, as you'll see here.

(Note: When the early years of the strip were scanned, decades ago, the resolution on the Sundays left something to be desired. Upgrading these is on our To Do list, and we regret that squinting will be required until that upgrade is accomplished.)

Q.

I think Trudeau addressed the plight of adjunct professors before, years ago. Can we please see his earlier take on this subject? How sad that it still needs to be revisited.

Chris | Storyline | St. Augustine, FL | September 07, 2015
A.

Indeed. The way of the adjunct is not easy. Here's the sequence you are remembering, which initially ran 19 years ago.

Q.

Since Doonesbury has chronicled the adventures of Donald Trump for decades, could you please entertain us by revisiting his role in some of the previous presidential campaigns? I'd especially like to see the one where we get a glimpse of what the Trump White House itself would look like. Thanks!

Darby | Characters | Pittsburgh, PA | August 06, 2015
A.

Doonesbury's Trump archive is indeed deep and rich, going back more than 25 years, and we are pleased to share this retrospective.

Q.

The "Rummyworld" series from 10 years ago exactly describes what is going on today with ISIS. Can you please re-post those 2005 strips?

Grant Hurlburt | Storyline | Hamilton, CANADA | July 16, 2015
A.

Certainly. Welcome to Rummyworld!

Q.

It's a gift from the gods to have Trump formally in the 2016 race. But since you aren't doing dailies right now, how about you do us a solid and dig into the archives and treat us to some Classic Trump. He's been in the strip a zillion times. Por favor?

Derek Stenfield | Storyline | Galesburg, IL | June 17, 2015
A.

Easily said and done. To revisit Trump strips and storylines from 1987, 1989, 2007, 2011 and 2015, click here. De nada.